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'Dr. Horrible 2' Was Killed By 'The Avengers'

By Tami Katzoff

2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done.

But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel.

“I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Zack Whedon told us. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.” What is on the front burner is Joss’ second Avengers film
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'Serenity': Zack Whedon Continues 'Firefly' With A Very Pregnant Zoe

By Tami Katzoff

Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.

Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow
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One 'Serenity' Actor Is Looking For Another Gig With Joss Whedon

By Tami Katzoff

Sarah Paulson's experience on the set of Joss Whedon's first feature film, "Serenity," wasn't exactly a positive one. "It was awful," she semi-seriously said while promoting the upcoming historical drama "12 Years a Slave," starring another "Serenity" vet, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"And here's why: I didn't get to act with anybody. I was on an enormous soundstage, we shot it in one day, and it was a big green screen, and I had to act like I was being attacked and mauled by Ravers. Reavers. Raspers. What were they? Reavers. And I had to put a gun to my head and kill myself. In front of all these people, being attacked by these things that weren't actually there."

Yet Paulson understands the importance of "Serenity" to Whedonites old and new. "I'm so glad to have been a part of it," she said.

And despite her less-than-fond memories of the "Serenity" shoot,
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A Year Of The Weekly Whedon

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

The past year has been quite a celebratory one for Joss Whedon, and The Weekly Whedon has celebrated right along with him. Our first column was posted in May of 2012, just after "The Avengers" had its Us premiere. Now, our final post follows Joss & Co.'s triumph at the MTV Movie Awards.

Since last spring we’ve spoken with many of the Whedonverse’s finest actors (Tom Lenk, Sean Maher, Alexis Denisof, Julie Benz, James Marsters, Adam Baldwin) and writer/producers (Tim Minear, Jane Espenson, Marti Noxon, Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon, Jose Molina). We’ve followed Joss to San Diego Comic-Con to commemorate the 10th anniversary of "Firefly," and to Toronto for the world premiere of "Much Ado About Nothing." We’ve discussed "S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Dr. Horrible" and "Buffy," and we've "toured" Serenity with its designer, Carey Meyer.

Being present at the Movie Awards to congratulate Joss Whedon
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A Week's Worth of 'Buffy' Birthdays

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Next week, Joss Whedon fans will celebrate the birthdays of three "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alums: Alyson Hannigan (Willow) on Sunday the 24th, Nathan Fillion (Caleb) on Wednesday the 27th, and Juliet Landau (Drusilla) on Saturday the 30th.

To help you celebrate, the Weekly Whedon has chosen one quintessential "Buffy" episode for each of these fine actors; all are available on Netflix, so we suggest you to watch (or re-watch, whatever the case may be) to commemorate each birthday!

Alyson Hannigan - March 24th – Episode 3.16, "Doppelgangland"

This episode, written and directed by Joss Whedon, marks the second appearance of alternate-universe Vamp Willow (she first showed her fangs in "The Wish" earlier in season 3). But in "Doppelgangland," Vamp Willow faces Regular ol' Willow, and hilarity ensues. Also, there’s a big fight at The Bronze, and that always makes for good fun.

Nathan Fillion - March 27th
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'Vampire Diaries' Ep Jose Molina Reflects On 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer's' Legacy

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Sixteen years ago this week, with the premiere of an episode titled "Welcome to the Hellmouth," television audiences were introduced to Buffy Anne Summers, high school student and slayer of vampires. There’s so much one can say about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" legacy, but Jose Molina sums it up nicely. "For me, the most significant thing to come out of 'Buffy' was that it forced people to re-evaluate their perception of what a genre show was and what it could be," he says. "A show with a goofy name and an outlandish premise came out of left field and told some of the most original, moving, surprising stories on television. It forced people to pay attention and not judge a book by its cover. 'Buffy' paved the way for thoughtful, bold genre shows that sought to break with convention, and
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Tim Minear, Joss Whedon & The Best Comic-Con Ever

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Folks are already planning their trips to San Diego for Comic-Con 2013, but for fans of Joss Whedon, Sdcc 2012 will be hard to top. Its highlight, of course, was the reunion panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Firefly.”

“It was just so great to see all those people,” writer/producer Tim Minear remembers. “I had particularly a lot of fun with Sean [Maher], because we got to kind of roam around outside the convention hall as we were trying to find the place where we were all meeting to go to dinner. And it was just fun to be walking with ‘Simon’ through those giant crowds of people. There were just so many ‘Firefly’ fans there.”

Minear still marvels at the show’s ever-growing popularity. “It was truly amazing to have however many thousands of people crammed into that ballroom just to see a panel for a show
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Tim Minear Challenges Joss Whedon In The Bram Stoker Awards

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

If you’ve got post-Oscars malaise or are saddened by the expiration of awards season, take heart: There are still prizes to be given out. Nominations for the annual Bram Stoker Awards, bestowed by the Horror Writers Association, were announced late last week.

Last year’s winner in the screenplay category was “American Horror Story,” and Ahs has been nominated once again, this time for an episode penned by executive producer Tim Minear called “Dark Cousin.”

It’s the episode where we meet Frances Conroy as the Angel of Death – or, as Minear clarifies, the Angel of Despair. “She doesn’t just show up because someone’s going to die; it’s always in the instance where someone has a choice whether to give up or go on.”

Minear says his chances of winning the Bram Stoker Award this year are “probably not very good,” perhaps
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Julie Benz Talks TV Death, Undeath And 'Defiance'

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Hearing actress Julie Benz describe her new TV series conjures memories of a certain beloved show from long ago: A future post-war society struggling to survive. A gritty new frontier. Powerful, complex females who are good with weapons.

But it’s not the second coming of “Firefly” – it’s Syfy’s “Defiance,” and it’s got all of the above plus seven alien races and an Mmo video game.

In “Defiance,” which premieres April 15th (the game launches two weeks prior), Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, newly-appointed mayor of the town for which the show is named. “She’s a bit in over her head as far as her job goes,” says Benz of her character. “Her heart’s in the right place, but that doesn’t always serve her well.”

Defiance” is set in what was formerly St. Louis, eight years after a massive war between humans and aliens.
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Adam Baldwin Talks Joss, Jayne And 'Serenity' Dreams

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Adam Baldwin has had many iconic film and television roles. The ones he lists as his personal career milestones include Ricky Linderman in “My Bodyguard,” Animal Mother in “Full Metal Jacket,” John Casey on “Chuck,” and Albert Hockenberry in “D.C. Cab” (“I was a little overwhelmed,” Baldwin says of his time playing young Albert. “I was just a kid in a candy store of giant comedian crazy people.”).

And then, of course, there’s “Firefly” and the man they call Jayne: the brawler who loves weapons, women, and the orange hat his mom made. Jayne Cobb, “the mercenary with a heart of gold” and the Hero of Canton, is one of the most beloved characters in the Whedonverse and beyond.

It’s been a decade since “Firefly” and seven years since its big-screen follow-up, “Serenity,” but the series is still sorely missed by its cast. “We
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Joss Whedon And 'Star Wars': What Might Have Been

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

There are few things in this world that I care more about than "Star Wars" and the work of Joss Whedon. So when Whedon recently admitted he briefly hoped to direct the next "Star Wars" installment, I couldn’t help but take notice.

I was anxious about contemplating the union of my two greatest pop culture passions — I thought it might make my brain explode. But I did, and it didn’t.

These were my reflections on the matter, transcribed for your reading pleasure:

If Joss Whedon directed "Star Wars," he would figure out how to please the old fans while attracting and engaging new ones. He’d cast actors that can actually act (and probably throw in a few Whedonverse vets for good measure). He’d whip up a tasty blend of action, drama, romance and humor. He’d make sure that the dialogue was
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James Marsters Would Follow Joss Whedon To The End Of The Earth

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Who’s the coolest, hottest, wittiest, most loveable TV vampire ever to sink his teeth into a jugular vein? Some might think it’s one of those pretty boys from “True Blood” or “The Vampire Diaries,” but here at The Weekly Whedon we know that the Sexiest Vampire Not Alive is Spike. (Sorry, Angel: We’re with the blond Brit all the way.)

James Marsters, the man responsible for giving Spike his swagger, has been dormant in the Whedonverse for a while, but that could certainly change. “I told Joss years ago that if he had one line for me or 50 lines or a lead, wherever I was on Earth I’d come work for him,” Marsters says.

So, a role in “S.H.I.E.L.D.” perhaps? “Yes, yes, yes – whatever he wants.”

Since “Buffy” and “Angel” ended, Marsters has been busy with recurring roles on series like “Hawaii Five-0,
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Looking Ahead To 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' In 2013

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

2012 was a fantastic year for Joss Whedon and his ever-expanding legions of fans. Is it possible for 2013 to be even better? Many signs point to yes: There’s a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” in the works, and “Much Ado About Nothing” will hit theaters this spring. But here at The Weekly Whedon, the thing that’s got us most excited is, of course, “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which is scheduled to begin production this month.

Jill Pantozzi, associate editor at TheMarySue.com and a Whedonite since the “Buffy” movie, also singles out “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as the project she’s most anticipating. “I’m a comic fan through and through,” says Pantozzi, “and I’m really interested in seeing how that world translates on television.”

Pantozzi admits that she was nervous when she first heard about Whedon’s return to TV, “just because of the past that superhero-type
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Year Of The Whedon: A Gif Guide

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

On the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. On the pop culture calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Whedonite.

It’s been a phenomenal year for Joss Whedon and his fans (whose numbers have swelled since the release of a certain superhero flick). From the big screen to the small screen to the computer screen, Whedon’s presence was felt like never before. So to recap 2012, The Weekly Whedon presents this handy Gif Guide.

March: After years in Hollywood limbo, “The Cabin in the Woods” finally premieres at the SXSW Film Festival.

April: “Marvel’s The Avengers,” one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies of all time, has its world premiere.

July: Whedon’s status as the King of Comic-Con is solidified as he and his cast celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Firefly” in San Diego.

August: Joss shows off his
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Joss Whedon Gift Guide: A Shiny Holiday Shopping List

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

The holidays are upon us, but it’s not too late to get your favorite Joss Whedon fan something special. And now more than ever, there’s so much good stuff available for Whedonites of all ages. Sure, you can still buy a Mr. Pointy replica. But here are ten other options that you might want to consider during your shiny shopping spree.

1. “Once More, with Feeling” soundtrack

Your loved one can sing along with Buffy and the Scoobies while wondering why this TV episode didn’t win every Emmy it was eligible for. (Amazon, $13.85)

2. “The Cabin in the Woods” travel mug

Just like Marty’s… except this mug doesn’t actually morph into a giant bong/weapon of mass destruction. (Gold Label Goods, $23.99)

3. Wash is My Copilot license plate frame

Delight the car-owner in your life while honoring beloved Serenity navigator Hoban Washburne, Rip. (Quantum Mechanix,
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'Firefly' Production Designer Takes You Inside Serenity

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Any reputable list of the coolest fictional spaceships must include the USS Enterprise, Discovery One, the Millennium Falcon, and, of course, Serenity. A decade after “Firefly” and seven years after the feature film update, Serenity remains a sci-fi icon.

The little ship that was home to our Big Damn Heroes got its look and feel from production designer Carey Meyer, who had worked with Joss Whedon on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” before joining “Firefly.” Meyer recalls the number one directive from his former boss: “He really wanted the ship to have an identity.”

Serenity’s exterior was conceived after Meyer shoved a balloon inside a paper airplane. “It ended up looking a little bit like the legs of a wasp when a wasp flies, and so there were aspects of it that felt insect-like,” he says. “And [Joss] really wanted the back end to have a significant point where it lights up,
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'Billy The Vampire Slayer' Arrives In 'Buffy' Comics

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

“They’re special. They’re called. They’re strong. They punch really hard and run really fast and they’re always, always girls.”

This is 16-year-old Billy Lane’s accurate description of Vampire Slayers – accurate, that is, except for the last part about Slayers always being girls. Because there’s a new Slayer in town, and it’s Billy himself.

The current issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy Season 9 is the second half of a two-part introduction of Billy the Vampire Slayer. This initially reluctant boy, the victim of homophobic bullying in his small town, takes on the responsibility of facing the new zompire threat. He’s got a Watcher, Devon, who also happens to be his love interest. And, according to Devon, he’s got moxie.

Billy is the brainchild of Whedonverse vet Jane Espenson, a long-time contributor to the “Buffy” comics. She pitched the
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'Firefly: Browncoats Unite' Is A Labor Of Love

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

At 10pm on Sunday, November 11, Science Channel will premiere its “Firefly” reunion special. Like the Joss Whedon series it celebrates, “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” is a labor of love.

“I’m a huge fan of “Firefly” myself,” says Bernadette McDaid, Science’s VP of production and executive producer of the special. “It was originally conceived as a bit of a birthday present for me.”

But McDaid isn’t the only Browncoat in her office: Everyone involved with the 60-minute special is passionate about the series. “Every frame is crafted with love, across the board,” McDaid says. “It’s been an incredibly uplifting and inspirational experience to make this film and to be working with so many people who believe in it.”

“Browncoats Unite” marks an important milestone for the short-lived but long-adored series. “It’s the tenth anniversary this year, and we thought it would be
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'Firefly' Exclusive: Serenity Crew Gets Auto-Tuned

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Sunday, November 11 will be a big day for Browncoats: after a full series marathon, Science Channel will premiere its one-hour special, “Firefly: Browncoats Unite.”

The Weekly Whedon will have a preview of the special later this week, but to satiate your appetite for all things shiny until then, here’s a nice treat: a groovy “Firefly” remix that includes many memorable moments and lines from all of our beloved Serenity crewmembers, plus cameos by featured characters such as Saffron and Vera (Jayne’s “very favorite gun”).

Enjoy it below!

Science Channel’s “Firefly” marathon begins at 7am on November 11; “Browncoats Unite” premieres at 10pm.
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'Firefly' Special Exclusive Clip: How Nathan Fillion Joined Serenity Crew

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

After triumphant appearances at both San Diego and New York Comic-Con, the tenth anniversary celebrations for "Firefly" continue: On November 11, Science Channel will premiere “Firefly: Browncoats Unite,” a 60-minute special which will feature new interviews with the show’s cast and producers.

And here’s a post-Halloween treat: The Weekly Whedon has obtained an exclusive clip from the special! Watch Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau reminisce about auditioning for the roles of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and River Tam.

See it below!

Science Channel’s “Firefly” celebration kicks off with a full series marathon starting at 7am on Sunday, November 11. The main event, “Firefly: Browncoats Unite,” will follow at 10pm. Check back with The Weekly Whedon next week for an extended preview of the special.

Previously on The Weekly Whedon:

» Jane Espenson’s ‘Husbands’ gets comical

» Charge up the freeze ray: Here comes Dr.
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